A Vietnamese father who almost lost his wife and unborn child to a difficult pregnancy has dedicated his life to helping every unborn baby have a chance to live and thrive.
Live Action News recently reported the amazing story of Tong Phuoc Phu who runs two orphanages in Vietnam to help save babies and their mothers from abortion. The man and his wife have adopted several dozen children themselves, but they told the RT News Network that they ultimately hope to reunite the children in their orphanages with their mothers.
Abortion rates are extremely high in Vietnam, and in some areas of the country they outnumber live births. Because of the social stigma of pregnancy out of wedlock and other societal pressures, Vietnamese women often opt to have abortions.
Tong Phuoc Phu’s mission to help save babies from abortion began during his wife’s life-threatening pregnancy. He said he asked God to save his wife and child, and in exchange he promised to dedicate his life to helping other babies and moms.
After his wife and child survived, he began reaching out to hospitals where abortions were performed. According to the news report, he offered to take the aborted babies’ bodies and give them a dignified burial. Tong Phuoc Phu said he used his savings to buy a plot of land to bury the babies in 2004. Since then, his cemetery for the unborn has received almost 10,000 aborted babies; and he has given each one a respectful burial, according to the report. Photos of the cemetery show rows upon rows of tiny graves, each marked with a plaque and a flower.
“I believe these fetuses have souls,” Tong Phuoc Phu, a Catholic, said. “And I don’t want them to be wandering souls.”
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News about his mission spread, and pregnant women began to ask him for help. He responded by opening a first and then a second orphanage to care for the newborn babies, according to the report. At the orphanages, the babies’ mothers are welcome to stay there before and after they give birth and to care for their babies. Tong Phuoc Phu said they encourage women who leave their babies there to come back when they have the means to support them. He and his wife also have adopted dozens of the babies themselves.
A mother named Pham Thi Hoang said she went to him for help after she became pregnant out of wedlock. The young woman said her parents refused to help her or her child because they are very poor, and the neighbors were critical of her being unmarried.
Pham Thi Hoang said she hopes to leave her child at the orphanage until she can support the child herself. For now, she is staying with Tong Phuoc Phu’s family and helping them care for the other orphaned children, according to the RT News Network.
More than 100 children have been placed in the family’s care by mothers who rejected abortion but did not have the means to support their babies, according to the India Times.
“I will continue this work until my last breath,” Tong Phuoc Phu told the India news outlet. “I hope my own kids will continue helping people when I’m one.”